Depression accounts for millions of elders in the United States. Although it is accompanied by warning signs and symptoms, depression still often goes unnoticed. This may be because family members think its signs and symptoms are just natural in old age.
The good news is that depression can be prevented or treated. One way is to encourage your senior loved ones to engage in indoor and outdoor activities. L’Elite Homemaking & Companionship Services, Inc. shares a few fun-filled activities you and your elderly loved ones can revel in.
PLAY BOARD AND CARD GAMES.
Many elders love being challenged. Bring out their competitiveness through playing board and card games. There are various board and card games you and your senior loved ones can play. You can go for the classic ones, such as chess, scrabble, monopoly, and poker, or you can ask them to try the modern ones, like UNO.
GO HIKING AND TREKKING.
These activities can improve seniors’ health both mentally and physically. Studies show that connecting with nature can bring peace of mind as it is a great form of stress reliever. Hiking and trekking do exactly that. It brings your elder closer to Mother Nature.
LEARN A NEW HOBBY.
Is there something your senior loved ones have always wanted to learn? Do not let old age stop them from learning it. If they want to learn how to bake, urge them to enroll in a baking class.
VISIT ART AND HISTORICAL MUSEUMS.
If they are fond of arts and history, you can take them to museums near your place. If there are many museums near your area, ask them if they want to go “museum-hopping.” Visiting art and historical museums allows seniors to recall the past, as well as sparks good conversations.
DO ARTS AND CRAFTS TOGETHER.
Bring out their inner Picasso or Van Gogh by engaging in arts and crafts! Invite them to buy art materials together. Get them more involved by giving them options. Instead of saying, “Let’s go paint!” Why not search for arts-and-crafts ideas on the internet, show the list to your senior loved ones, and ask them which one they like.
WATCH A MOVIE.
For sure, your loved ones also have favorite movies they will not get tired of watching. Did you know that watching classic films brings more than just entertainment for them? Researchers posit that watching classic films can lessen or prevent the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. You can surprise them by getting the colored copy of their favorite black-and-white classic movie.
L’Elite Homemaking & Companionship Services, Inc. is a provider of Companionship and Homemaking in Bonita Springs, Florida. We understand that you may not be able to offer companionship to your senior loved ones all the time. Do not worry, our caregivers can keep them company. We provide various activities to keep them entertained because we believe that mental health is just as important as physical health. Do you share the same sentiment? Leave a comment about this blog!